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benedict celebrated his final public mass as pontiff. [ applause ] >> the pope received a standing row oh vision as he -- standing ovation as he entered a packed room. he said he was stepping down for the good of the church citing his frail health. they hope to have a new pope in place by easter which is march 31 this year. >>> valentine's day came early for some penguins in san francisco and new improved apple macbook now on sale for hundreds of dollars less. >>> stocks mixed in afternoon trading on wall street. still holding close to record levels. comcast shares rising after yesterday's surprise announcement. they have agreed to buy general electric's nbc division. today apple announced a $200 price drop for its macbook pro laptop. the 13-inch macbook pro with retina display now starts at $1499 for 128 gigabytes of flash memory. the 2 a 56 -- 256 gigabyte model has been dropped to 1699. 16-inch macbook pros will have faster processors but still cost 2199. apple is looking to boost mac sales after a disappointing final quarter of 2012. >>> 18 years after leaving the u.s. market, alfa ro
such incident. >> pope benedict saved standing ovation today he celebrated his last public mass during ash wednesday services. the 85-year-old spoke about his resignation. there is no mention of the pope today during mass. there is a possibility a new pope will be selected easter sunday. >> coming up why an organic baby food sold in california was just recalled. the south bay. new reason neighbors and police are still on edge 24 hours later. >> i'm sandhya patel. i'll have a warm up followed by wet weather. don't turn the chabl channel. details coming up. >> and environmental activists stay on co5uj?jw and their fight to keep golfers off sensitive fairways. stay with us. the news continues here in just a momen >>> unbelievable. police back in a home in santa clara today, detonating powerful bombs. they were discovered inside of a home yesterday. the chp went interest tl to serve a search warrant and describes the house just a mess. officers today were worried it may have been booby trapped and searched every corner of the property. they arrest aid homeowner a 45-year-old everett bashman. n
, new york. >>> the vatican revealed today pope benedict fell and cut his head while on a trip to mexico last year. a vatican spokesman insists, the fall had no impact on his overall, larger decision to abdicate. but it is the second time in three days we have learned of a preexisting health issue with the 85-year-old pope who on tuesday let it be known he has a pacemaker. he had just had a procedure performed to have the battery changed two months ago. >>> still ahead, as we continue on this thursday night, a close encounter, the likes of which we here on earth have never seen before. it's now just hours away. >>> and later on this valentine's day, what's the secret to a long and happy marriage? some surprising answers tonight from folks who know a thing or two about that. >>> suppose you to try wearing a helmet tonight, but little any of us can do about it. the planet earth is preparing, nonetheless, for the closest encounter we have had in a long while with a foreign object, a giant astroid that is going to pass very close to our planet. nbc's kristen dahlgren reports on this close en
. >>> pope benedict's decision to step down came as a surprise to many people. but it wasn't the only thing the pontiff kept under wraps. the pope injured himself during a visit to mexico last year. think also say he has a pace maker. and three months ago, he underwent an option to replace the battery. and a monastery on the vatican has been remodeled. >>> there's new hope for thousands of americans with a specific form of vision loss. the fda has approved the first-ever artificial eye fitted on a pair of glasses. the bionic eye, is approved for people with retinitis pigme pigmentosa. allows to see safely to navigate a room and perform other tasks. >>> it's not mom and dad's medicine cabinet anymore. teens are scoring prescription drugs like vicodin and xanax the old-fashioned way. pill mills are popping up with alarming frequency and with deadly consequences. >> just a sweet boy. >> reporter: he was just 21. >> it's so hard. >> reporter: when joey rivero visited an orange county doctor and walked out with prescriptions for painkillers. >> nine days later, joey was dead. >> reporter: it was
. >>> yesterday's announcement of pope benedict xvi's resignation came as a shock to most of the world. a vatican spokesperson says that the pope will have no role in the selection of his successor. the pope says he plans to step down at the end of the month for health concerns. the vatican is already beginning the process of trying to find the next pontiff, but there is no clearcut choice. even the college of cardinals was caught offguard by this announcement. professor kurt martens of catholic university spoke about this new search compared to the process which happened after pope john paul ii died. >> when john paul ii was ill, basically they knew what was coming. so they had time to prepare to look at the challenges and look at candidates, possible candidates. that is now not the case. >> the catholic church says that we can expect a new pope by easter sunday. >>> still to come when 9news continues, there's a party going on. it's the feast before the fast. see how they're celebrating mardi gras in new orleans. >> and find out why some are crying foul over red light cameras in >>> it is not al
benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told the priests this morning he'll be, in his words, hidden to the world. they say benedict will play no role in choosing his successor. they say he'll move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer and it is time now to show yo this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its nuclear facilities. new centrifuges were installed last month. meanwhile iran has started a new round of talks with the national atomic energy agency. >>> and "the wall street journal" says the u.s. and europeans have struck up a trade deal. it could take two years to compete. >>> "usa today" says there use news on chuck hagel. they could decide tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan says she'll appose hagel. >> at a hearing yesterday patrick donohoe told senators the postal service needs their help. last year, keep in mind, the post office loft nearly $16 billion. >>> and the "los angeles times" says researchers believe they may
. >> plus, life after leading the catholic church. a look at what retirement will be like for pope benedict xvi. we'll be right back. >>> if you haven't heard this yet, it's an amazing story. making headlines, a meteor explodes over central russia, injuring hundreds. witnesses report seeing explosions and intense flashes early this morning. russian emergency officials say -- we're getting various reports. now we're being told more than 500 people are being treated for injuries from broken glass from the sonic boom. >>> police in california are confirming the body discovered inside a burned out cabin is that of former l.a.p.d. officer christopher dorner, wanted for the murder of two law enforcement officials and a woman and her fiance. >>> prosecutors will pursue a charge of premeditated murder against oscar pistorius. the disabled runner is seen here arriving at court early this morning where he reportedly wept during the hearing. he is accused of shooting and killing his model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp inside his home yesterday. he has denied the charges. >>> pope benedict xvi is expecte
. he competed against abled body runners in the london olympics. >>> at the vatican, pope benedict xvi told thousands of priests once he resigns he will remain hidden to the world. but there are questions whether he will influence the new pope from behind the scenes. benedict's secretary will also run the new pope household. >>> so much for reputation of a city for romance. workers are removing thousands upon thousands of padlocks that couples have placed on a bridge as symbols of their love. the padlocks are a nuisance plus metal thieves tend to damage bridges when they try to remove them say officials. >>> oakley introduced the resolution. right now california drivers are prohibited from texting with hand held devices but can still send voice operated texts. >>> another bay area lawmakers introduced a bill that attempts to curve the illegal dumps of mattresses. the bill would create a recycling program for unwanted mattresses. >>> b.a.r.t. has announced plans for a second phase of its test run allowing bicycles on trains during commute hours. during the first testing phase last augu
. >>> at the vatican, pope benedict xvi told thousands of priests once he resigns he will remain hidden to the world. but there are questions whether he will influence the new pope from behind the scenes. benedict's secretary will also run the new pope household. >>> so much for reputation of a city for romance. workers are removing thousands upon thousands of padlocks that couples have placed on a bridge as symbols of their love. the padlocks are a nuisance plus metal thieves tend to damage bridges when they try to remove them say officials. >>> oakley introduced the resolution. right now california drivers are prohibited from texting with hand held devices but can still send voice operated texts. >>> another bay area lawmakers introduced a bill that attempts to curve the illegal dumps of mattresses. the bill would create a recycling program for unwanted mattresses. >>> b.a.r.t. has announced plans for a second phase of its test run allowing bicycles on trains during commute hours. during the first testing phase last august, bikes were allowed on b.a.r.t. all day each friday. now the agency is exp
guest. but we got surprising news this morning, pope benedict resigning. you have some more information on that, natalie. >> that's right. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning he will be stepping down. rome bureau chief claudio lavagne joins us now with more. good morning, claudio. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. even the elements seem to be reacting to his shocking news. there's a storm raging over vatican city just behind me now. it took everybody by surprise, this announcement this morning. it even took by surprise his closest aides, his spokesperson, lombardi, saying in a press conference that he didn't even know about it, and if he didn't know about it, then who would? well, maybe just the closest cardinals he confessed it to. the cardinals, more than 120 now. certainly he made his announcement as if it was a low-key decision. he did that during a fairly small cardinals gathering here in the vatican and he just said, look, i just don't have the strength anymore to carry on my duties. you need both body and mind to carry on the very important duties of t
. >>> a vatican spokesman said today that pope benedict xvi will not play any role in running the church when he steps down at the end of this month. and today in germany the pope's brother said benedict plans to keep a low profile and may not publish any new writings so they don't interfere with the work of the new pope. >>> president obama lays out the agenda for the start of his second term during tonight's state of the union address. he is expected to focus on job decr creation and middle class growth as well as gun control. the republican response will be delivered by florida senator marco rubio. >>> it will now be at least thursday before a cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico reaches port. carnival cruise line says the ship drifted so far north it will be towed to mobile, alabama, instead of to a closer port in mexico. the carnival triumph, with more than 4,000 passengers and crew members lost power after an engine room fire this weekend. >>> chicago police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of teen hadiya pendleton just days after first lady michelle obama attended
on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announcement that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cats will accompany him. no word yet on whether there will be a piano as well.
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at the crack of dawn this morning, had no idea this was coming. the vatican now confirms pope benedict the xvith hit his head pretty hard during a trip to mexico last year. we just learned of this today. the a spokesman says it didn't effect his decision to resign. italian newspaper reports the pope hit his head when he got up in a middle of the night in a room in mexico. reportedly left blood in his hair, on his wed sheets and on the carpet below. his skull cap hid the injury and it didn't become public at all until now. the vatican newspaper reports pope benedict actually made the decision to resign after that trip. he is stepping down at the end of this month. here at home the only thing worse for our economy would be a major war that's what one senate democrat said today about automatic spending cuts set to kick in two weeks from tomorrow. republican leaders don't like the idea either. it's the fallout from the fiscal cliff deal which only delayed the cuts until march the 1st. if lawmakers can't cut a new deal. $85 billion from defense and domestic programs. that would mean tempora
, is there more to pope benedict's sudden decision to step down? and who might replace him? is there any chance the next pope could be an american? we're live in vatican city with new details. >>> and nightmare, passengers on a cruise chip stranded in the gulf of mexico say conditions are getting worse and there's word this morning that their journey will be even longer "today," tuesday, february 12th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. important news breaking overnight. u.n. security council is going to hold an emergency meeting this morning to address north korea's overnight nuclear test. >> this is north korea's third nuclear test, but the first under its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old chicago girl who performed at t
by a california murder suspect. >>> i'm melissa mollet at the live desk. pope benedict xvi is meeting with cardinals right now and just said he will remain hidden to the world once he steps down. we understand he also plans to meet with pastors of parishes. this continues his farewell tour. the vatican says benedict will reflect on his time there and look back at changes in the vatican as the church moves forward. some cardinals reportedly started maneuvering for the succession as long as two years ago. in the meeting this morning, he said he'll withdraw into isolation, but "i will always be close to you, and i'm sure you will be close to me." the public's final public mass, an emotional one, was held yesterday. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news4. >>> police say they didn't intentionally set the fire that burned down a california cabin where former lapd officer christopher dorner was apparently holed up. they're investigating what caused the cabin to go up in flames. officers say they fired teargas into that building on tuesday. it caught fire a short time later. that was followe
:00 a.m. in 25 minutes from now. >> new this morning, pope benedict has wrapped up the first public appearance since the stunning announcement of the resignation two days ago. huge crowds greeted the pope with a standing ovation the scene vatican. he marked the first day of lent with the weekly address telling thousands he is stepping down for the good of the work. the 85-year-old will celebrate ab wednesday map at st. peter's. >> barry bonds will ask a court in san francisco to overturn his conviction. a panel will hear arguments from his attorneys at the 9th circuit court of appeals at 9:30 this morning and they have argued that bonds was convicted if giving a rambling answer that had nothing do with a grand jury probe in the steroid scandal but prosecutors say he gave evasive answers when he testified in 2003 about the use of performance-enhancing drugs. >> a uc santa cruz student was shot in the head at a bus stop. the 21-year-old victim said he snuck up behind her and told her to empty the pockets. she d but the suspect shot her anyway, and she thought she was hit with the rifl
. >>> pope benedict xvi getting out in public again for the first time since announcing his resignation. right now, he is celebrating ash wednesday mass. marking the beginning of lent. the audience was also packed at the pope's weekly public appearance earlier today. pope benedict talked about his decision to step down at the end of the month calling it the right thing to do for the church. >>> i want to bring you our top story. the ex-cop on a deadly vendetta. you have this frantic man hunt and then this is how police believe it all ended. video from cbs news captured this gun battle at a cabin in the woods. watch this. >> down! >> christopher dorner barricaded himself inside that cabin, which burned to the ground. a sheriff's deputy was killed in all of this. another wounded in that shootout. >> officer down, officer down. >> the officer down. >> medic ships in the air, medic ships in the air. >> officer down. >> another officer down. >> live from big bear lake, california, this is where all of this played out. it was quite dramatic. we have our crime and justice correspondent joe joh
've never seen before. ♪ >>> pope benedict told thousands today at his weekly audience that he was stepping down for the good of the church. this was the very first time the 85-year-old pope made a public appearance since announcing that he was resigning. the pontiff resigned a more than minute-long standing ovation when he entered the packed audience hall for his traditional wednesday general audience. he also held his final ash wednesday service as leader of the catholic church. he asked those gathered to continue to pray for him, the church and for the future pope. >>> renewed calls this morning for the white house to fire the lawyers who tried to prosecute aaron sh wart. he's the young hacker and harvard man who took his own life shortly before his trial. scott mcgrew t white house simply has to respond. >> yes, they do have to. part of that petition program the white house itself invented. you heard of people petitioning to build the death star, for instance, that kind of thing. any petition that goes over 25,000 signatures, the white house is required to respond to. so for the second
monitoring. >>> history was made as pope benedict xvi led his final mass as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a moving ash wednesday mass at st. peters basilica. thousands gave the pope a long ovati ovation. he will meet with the cardinals and they will choose his successor on or after march 15th. >>> they're hoping for something special in the air. american airlines is merging with u.s. airways. the formal announcement comes tomorrow. and it will create the biggest airline. the new american airlines will have 900 more planes, 3,200 more flights and about 95,000 employees. consumer advocates say, the merger will increase ticket prices. however, industry officials say domestic u.s. airfares fell 1% between 2004 and 2011, a period that included several airline mergers. >>> repairs to the fenders at the bay bridge are under way. you may remember they were damaged when an oil tanker sideswiped it back in january. that accident put the safety of the bay bridge back in the spotlight and the cost guard front and center. only on nbc bay area news tonight, we have new guidelines that could h
at the gas prices. the new national average is 3.63. >> a capacity crowd on hand for pope benedict's final public mass as a pontiff. the standing ovation and cheering before the service went underway. the pope resigning at the end of the month. facebook not liking a new lawsuit. the duj programmer claims the social networking site ripped off his like and share button. he said he patent the ideas but died before they became reality. the suit claims facebook knew about the patents and stole the ideas. >> ainsley, another look at who is talking this morning. malkin weighing in on chris dorner. some piered to be cheering for the suspect. >> it is sickening and chilling. chris matthews wasn't the only one in the media. there were many figures among the professional left who if they weren't explicitly cheering christopher dorner on certainly harbor some sick sympathy for this man. it goes back to academia it goes back to treating these evil people and empty vessels into which they pour every last left wing grievance. if you watch that clip very closely it almost seems like chris matthews takes p
this morning. >>> pope benedict xvi hit his head during a trip to mexico last month however they are denying it has anything to do with his resignation. on tuesday the pope disclosed he had a pace maker and that the batteries were recently replaced. >>> president barack obama will be rallying support in georgia for the ideas he june veiled -- unveiled in his state of the union address and he talked about creating new jobs. he will making preschool available in programs like head start. now after he goes back to the white house today, president barack obama will take part in a fire side hide out with google plus and people all over the country can do the same thing after last year. fire side is a take off on what franklin did on his chats and this is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. our time. >>> they plan to have drones flying over the county. sheriff gregory wants to use the drones for things like bomb threats, hostage standoffs and search and rescue operations but critics are already fighting this citing privacy concerns. >>> there are four battery swapping stations which are now in limbo. the sili
airlines will be hon order. the fewer honored. >>> pope benedict xvi held a meeting with priests today telling them he will be hidden from view when he steps down at the end of the month. he says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. the conclave is expected to begin in march and the election of a new pope is expected to draw millions. the last conclave back in 2005 attracted four million pilgrims. >> that's about half the number of people who moved to california since the snowstorm in the east. >>> see all these ryder trucks moving west on i-80. you would know why. we have some of the best weather. you know? around here this is a great climate in northern california. not too hot, not too cold. maybe today the porridge was just right. highs around 70 degrees. there is a look from oakland toward the beautiful new bay bridge and the port of oakland in the foreground camera bouncing around a bit because we're zooming tonight. 70 in oakland. 74 vacaville. not a cloud in the sky. where are we right now? 67 in co
benedict 16 will now meet with parish priests from rome today. he's expected to talk about his personal experiences during the reformist second vatican council back in the 1960s. he made a surprise announcement last week saying he would be stepping down from his position due to health reasons. the story is continuing to develop. >>> five things to know on this thursday morning. check your fridge before making your salad and heading off to work today because taylor farms retail is recalling some baby spinach because it could be contaminated with e. coli. it was sold around several labels. >>> the numbers have gone up 4% since 2002. in the study half the women who used the pill said they did it because they had unprotected sex. >>> passengers aboard a carnival cruise ship will finally be able to get off the boat today. it's expected to dock in mobile, alabama. a fire in the room has caused the ship to be stranded at sea for five days. the virginia couple who bought the $217 million winning powerball ticket will be introduced today. they bought the ticket at the richmond international airp
charge. >>> and still overseas, we have word from the vatican tonight. pope benedict has offered a clue about his plans for the future. telling some clergymen today he would soon be hidden to the world. we know he's going to move into a former con vent inside vatican city, but today seemed to be singling he will not play any public role again once he steps down. >>> and now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense.
today. a spokesman says the cardinals who will choose a successor to pope benedict xvi could meet sooner than first planned. the vatican says the date could move up with all the cardinals are in rome. 117 cardinals, 67 appointed by pope benedict himself, will choose his replacement after he steps down on february 28th. >>> in california, authorities say it appears cop killer christopher dorner took his own life, making good on his vow he would not be taken alive. autopsy results show dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head. dental records confirm the body found in the basement of that burned out cabin was dorner's. more on that week-long manhunt and who gets the million-dollar reward. >>> half a world away, authorities are investigating the murder of a top model found dead valentine's day at the home of her boyfriend, oscar pistorius. pistorius sobbed uncontrollably as he was charged with premeditated murder in the death of reeva steenkamp. charges that he denies. pistorius is in jail. family members say he is numb with grief and shock. steenkamp is starring in a reality show
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
. >>> speculation on who will replace pope benedict the 16th when he retires next month. on the list, a 63-year-old cardinal from brazil. only cardinals under the age of 80 can vote for the successor, which means 118 are eligible. >>> president obama presenting an army veteran with our nation's highest military award. the medal of honor. he was at a combat outpost in afghanistan in 2009 when 300 taliban fighters launched an ambush. he managed to call air support that caught 30 insurgents and risked his life. >> there have been eight soldiers that didn't make it. for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day. i will forever be humbled by the bravery, the commitment to service and their loyalty to one another. >>gretchen: before the ceremony, romesha's son actually stole the show. the president's podium, he tried to climb on top of it and then dashed to the front row. >>steve: you know dr. ben carson was a keynote speaker at the national prayer breakfast last week. he is an esteemed neurosurgeon at johns hopkins tphe baltimore area. because it was a prayer breakfast, h
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
're going to begin with pope benedict speaking publicly for the first time since he announced he will step down this month because of declining health. this morning, it appears the pope is trying to quiet any and all conspiracy theories. let's get right now to abc's dan harris at the vatican. good morning, dan. >> reporter: josh, good morning. the pope received an extended standing ovation, was even interrupted a few times by cheers. some people had tears in their eyes. benedict appeared gratified by all the well-wishes. he thanked people for their prayers during these days he said had been hard for him. he said he was stepping down for the good of the church. and i was struck by that he was doing this of his own free will. the vatican clearly concerned about conspiracy theories that the pope is stepping down because of intrigue. >> quieting concerns for now. thank you, dan. >>> now to the latest on that carnival cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico. its power knocked out by fire. and this morning, the ship with some 4,200 people onboard is finally making its way to port. but conditi
and the vatican this morning on ash wednesday. pope benedict is conducting his last- wednesday service fifth we will be back with more on the kron 4 morning news in just a minute. so she sees her allergist who has a receptionist susan, who sees that she's due for a mammogram. mary has one that day. that's when she finds out she has a tumor. she has a successful surgery and because her health provider has an amazing connected system, she has her life. i don't know what you have but i have kaiser permanente. kaiser permanente. thrive. >> welcome back to the kron 4 morning news we're tracking a new hot spot on the south peninsula in mountain view. it is on 101 south bound and shoreline and accident not cleared from the traffic lanes is still backing up the ride on 101. >> not only is it affecting the northbound ride and creating a visual hazard. it is slowing the south bound commute as you can see is backed up into redwood city almost to the turn off from the dumbarton bridge. erica. >> here is a quick look at your wednesday forecast. overcast conditions we will see sunshine to the afternoon 60s l
you. >>> and pope benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told a group of priests this morning he with will be in his words "hidden to the world." he says he will have no authority once he steps down. the pope will move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer. >>> time to show you some of this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its main nuclear facility. top iranian nuclear scientist says new centrifuges were installed last month. iran has started new round of talks with the international atomic energy agency. >>> the "wall street journal" says a broad trade deal is on the table, the deal could take two years to complete. >>> "usa today" says there's news on the senate showdown over chuck hagel, thagel, the senate is expected to vote on hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan collins of maine says she will oppose hagel, but not a filibuster. >>> "the washington post"
with bipartisan support. allison. >> pope benedict xvi says his resignation is for quote the good of the church. he made the remarks this morning in first public appearance since announcing he will indeed step down. the 85-year-old received a standing ovation when he walked into the public audience hall. he simply doesn't have the strength to continue. >>> the holy father will preside over ash wednesday services. the observation will be held in saint peter's basilica. >> new this morning, tragedy in two maryland communities first from charles county where an elderly woman was killed in a house fire. and in prince georges county a person was found shot to death in the 8400 block in rose marie drive. no word on any suspects in that case. >> social media has the habit of making something out of nothing. and that proved true during once again. >> still ahead, we'll show you one of the most talked about of marco rubio's speech. >> a look at last night's last minute cap's win. >> and later, another dubious honor for the district. number one for wandering eyes. >> and as we take you to the break, a li
. at the vatican, pope benedict is resigning for "the good of the church." presiding over ash wednesday services before stepping down at the end of this month. the coroner's office study remains to see if a body found is that of former lapd cop and suspected cop killer christopher dorner. associated press is reporting a drivers license with his name has been found inside the burned-out cabin where he is believed to have died in yesterday's shootout. in comparing the use of drones to partake. noble peace prize lawyer is saying he is "deeply disturbed only drone strikes against america's might get judicial review." saying it is like, in his words, dehumanizing. that is a quick look at the headlines making news this hour. back to melissa and lori with mh more. melissa: thank you so much. breaking news, forbes reporting time warner is in talks to sell the publishing business. check out the shares of the media giant initially jumping on the news, up $0.17. a meeting of the buyer's representatives have been scheduled for today to discuss a potential deal, which is still in the early stages. lori: we s
benedict will not take part in choosing the successor and appointed most of the cardinals would will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. many who gather for mass in the bay area last night prayed for the pope. and students hope the next pontiff opens a dialogue on issues like married priests and same-sex marriage. >> i believe in a lost the traditions that we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> i don't know about married priests but more respect and authority and power for the women in the church including the nuns and lay women. >> the people will step february 28. >> the u.n. security council is gathering for an emergency meeting this morning to discuss north korea's latest nuclear test. the closed door session is scheduled to begin in just under half an hour at 6:00 our time. this morning, north korea announced they tested a minute that tuesdayed nuclear device, and an earthquake measuring up to 5.2 was registered in the morning this morning possibly caused by the debt. nato calls it irresponsible. >> president obama will concentrate on jobs and
. today is ash wednesday, the first day of lent. this morning pope benedict xvi held a service, his first public announcement since announcing he's going to resign at the end of this month. our fox news religious correspondent, father jonathan morris joins us live. good morning to you. >> blessed ash wednesday >>steve: thank you. you were with us when we discovered he is going to retire. since then we've gotten more news and that is apparently the holy father got some part replaced on his pacemaker. >> that's right. years ago he had a pacemaker put in, and then about a month or so ago he had -- or a couple of months ago he had the pacemaker battery replaced. i think it's a pretty normal thing. i think the big news here, steve, is that while many people were saying there must be something else behind the news; it can't be that he's actually resigning on his own free will for the sake of the church. it turns out it looks like it's the case. >>steve: it certainly does. health reasons. those are live pictures of st. peter's square in vatican city, where you used to work for a number of years.
and that does include what apple does. >>> pope benedict xvi celebrated his last public mass as leader of the catholic church today. dressed in the traditional papal robes, the pope came had in on a wheeled platform. he presided over an ash wednesday mass at st. peter's basilica. the mass was moved to make room for the larger crowd that was expected after the pope announced that he's retiring on february 28. a conclave will start some time between march 15 and march 20. >> stopping the spread. still ahead, the unprecedented discovery in the bay area. >>> also, music meets nature. a story of a concert that is about to end. we'll have that coming up. >>> and i'm jeff ranieri in the weather center. a lot of sunshine today including some hazy conditions and expected air quality on moderate levels for thursday. if you have respiratory problems, maybe a tough day for you. we'll let you know when rain moves in and could clear this out. >>> a new sars-like virus is being reported. researchers expect it can spread from person to person. the virus causes severe respiratory illness, fever, and co
mailers. >>> in news of the world, at the vatican, pope benedict xvi presided over ash wednesday services. this is expected to be his final public mass before he retires at the end of the month. he was given a standing ovation. the pope asked for their prayers. on the south pacific island of guam, a 21-year-old man went on a rampage killing three people and injurying 11 others. police say he crashinged a car into a building at a resort. then he got out, and began stabbing people. most of the victims were japanese tourists. >>> in the netherlands, this is one of the biggest time of the year for the floral auction. buyers are making bids on a variety of flowers. the auction sells 100 million roses, 100 million tulips, and more than 100 million different types of flowers just in time for valentine's day. >>> valentine's day is tomorrow. we'll explain why it's not just sweethearts who will be getting the sweets. >> the dance craze turning a bay area man and his grandmother into internet sensations. >> high temperatures, i'll show you when rain will return in your complete bay area forecast. t
. they have destroyed the remaining incorrect mailers. >>> in news of the world, at the vatican, pope benedict xvi presided over ash wednesday services. this is expected to be his final public mass before he retires at the end of the month. he was given a standing ovation. the pope asked for their prayers. on the south pacific island of guam, a 21-year-old man went on a rampage killing three people and injurying 11 others. police say he crashinged a car into a building at a resort. then he got out, and began stabbing people. most of the victims were japanese tourists. >>> in the netherlands, this is one of the biggest time of the year for the floral auction. buyers are making bids on a variety of flowers. the auction sells 100 million roses, 100 million tulips, and more than 100 million different types of flowers just in time for valentine's day. >>> valentine's day is tomorrow. we'll explain why it's not just sweethearts who will be getting the sweets. >> the dance craze turning a >>> people around the bay area are working tonight to make valentine's day wishes come true. >> reporter: we spok
in college park not far from the university of maryland campus. >>> yesterday's announcement of pope benedict xvi's resignation came as a shock to most of the world. the pope said he plans to step down at the end of this month for health concerns. the vatican is already beginning the process of trying to find the next spiritual leader but there is no clearcut choice. even the college of cardinals was caught off guard by the announcement. professor kurt martens of catholic university spoke about it. >> when john paul ii was ill, basically they knew what was coming. so they had time to prepare, to talk, to look at the challenges and to look at candidates, possible candidates. that is now not the case. >> the church expects to have a new pontiff in lace by easter sunday. -- in place by easter sunday. that is march 31. jessica? >> thanks so much, andrea. >>> massive federal budget cuts are set to kick in, in just a few weeks. that could mean furloughs for hundreds of thousands of federal and civilian workers. the measures could hit our local work force very hard. if you are facing a furlough, you
. >>> the vatican says pope benedict xvi hit his head last year. but officials say it did not play a relevant role in his decision to resign. no one knew about the incident. the pope announced monday he is resigning at the end of the month. he is the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. >> a superde history last year in london is now a suspect in the shooting death of his model girlfriend. oscar was the first double amputee to compete in the olympic games. his girlfriend died this morning after a shooting at his south africa home. elizabeth is following the investigation for us. >> reporter: car made headlines last summer at the olympic games. now he's back in the news. this time being investigated in connection with the murder of his girlfriend. >> there was a shooting incident this morning. at this stage, a young woman did die on the scene of gunshot wounds. >> police arrested him. the first double amputee to run track in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend model. she was shot multiple times when police arrived on the scene. >> police in south africa do not officially
four people. >>> on this ash wednesday, pope benedict is performing what is scheduled to be his last public mass. he is stepping down for the good of the church because he did not have the strength to continue. he asks people to continue to pray for him, the church and the new pope. his successor will start next month. >>> conditions appear to be getting worse on that carnival cruise ship triumph after fire left the ship adrift without power in the gulf of mexico. passengers are complaining about filthy, hot conditions and trouble getting food. the ship is being towed to mobile, alabama, where it's expected to arrive tomorrow. carnival says it is trying to make the passengers as comfortable as possible. >>> a new report by the national hurricane center estimates the total cost of damage caused by superstorm sandy to be around $50 billion. that's greater than any u.s. hurricane except for katrina in 2005. the report also blames 72 deaths directly on sandy, making it the deadliest hurricane to strike the northeast in four decades. >>> we are mourning the loss of veteran nbc news corres
. a number of nude pictures were also passed between miller and that student. >>> this morning pope benedict xvi will lead ash wednesday mass. it is said to be one of the last major public appearances before he steps down at the end of the month. the pope is resigning because he said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead the catholic church. he received a pacemaker in 2005. >>> a new report says super storm sandy was the deadliest in years. the hurricane center attributes 72 deaths directly to sandy from here in maryland to new hampshire. the report says the storm was the second costliest in this nation's history. >>> turning now to sports and our masn on wjz spring training report. the first official work out for the oriels will begin today. pitchers and catchers checked in yesterday with matt weeders leaders everyone out onto the practice field. the first spring training game is one week from saturday. >> all right. >> yeah. >> now let's just -- i just read one of the most interesting football stories on the internet. i know we're talking baseball season. we're going to
benedict xvi has given his final mass in a rare ovation from the people assembled at st. peter's kba silica. nbc's anne thompson is live with us in rome and i don't think we knew the full extent of the troubles he was experiencing in mexico, that final trip where he was in mexico and in cuba, we knew there were scandals in the church there, protests for lack of an apology. but now it turns out he took a fall in the middle of the night and hit his head? >> reporter: he did and it was after that trip when he wind chill factor to cuba that the pope made the decision he was going to retire and started setting the wheels in motion here for the announcement that came earlier this week. he apparently got up in the middle of the night, he actually cut his head, there was some blood in his hair, the vatican said. but the vatican spokesperson said today in a meeting with reporters said, look, don't read too much into that one incident. yesterday at the ash wednesday mass in st. peter's basilica is that this pope is suffering from the ravages of age, he was wheeled down the aisle and he had to be help
reported that pope benedict xvi suffered a minor blow to the head while on a trip to latin america last year. he celebrated his last public mass as the pontiff yesterday for ash wednesday. vatican leaders confirm the head injury. they also say it was not relevant to his decision to step down. >>> it is 5:38 now. the couple held hostage by christopher dorner telling their terrifying story. we have a live report from big bear in southern california coming up. >>> plus, a not so smooth criminal. a bay area burglar tries to cover up his tracks but makes one big mistake. you can't move the tv there. yuh-huh. we have a wireless receiver. listen. back in my day, there was no u-verse wireless receiver that let you move the tv away from the tv outlet. we can move it to the kitchen, the patio, the closet and almost anywhere. why would you want a tv in the closet? [ both laugh ] ♪ ♪ [ fancy voice ] brilliant idea, darling. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] the wireless receiver. get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 1 year when you bundle tv and internet. rethink possi
vote. >>> vatican officials now confirm pope benedict fell and hit his head during a trip to mexico last year. but they insist the fall was not a factor in this week's resignation announcement. the pope has told other priests once he he steps down, he will live quietly in a monastery inside the vatican walls. >>> it's a good thing this is a three-day weekend for most weekend. >> because after today, there's a chance we'll see snow flakes for a couple of days. howard joins us next with >>> good morning. welcome back to wusa9. 5:14 on this friday morning. as mike mentioned a little while ago this will be a long weekend for a lot of people. president's weekend. but do we have to worry about you bringing out a bread-o- meter or anything like that? >> you don't think the bread-o- meter but if you go to new england, there could be another storm there. my in-laws are up there. four, five days before they got dugout. they're on long island. they may be looking at 6 to 10 to 12 inches of snow. the only other concern we have here, the mountains will get snow. good for the skiers. if you're go
're learning new information about pope benedict, the 16th health. the vatican said he hit his head and bled during his trip to mexico last march. the vatican said that accident had no relevant role with his plans to step down at the end of this month. this morning the pope told cardinals he'll be hidden to the world once he steps down february 28th. >> and storm team four meteorologist tom kierein, joins us now to look at our forecast. hey, tom. >> yeah, what a crazy start to the morning with the iciness we had around for the morning commute. fortunately it all melted off by about 9:00. now we've got the bright sun, and got a little bit of snow last night. and that's what students at riverside elementary school in alexandria wanted to know all about. snow, and different types of weather. i visited that school in the mount vernon section of alexandria earlier this week and we are all watching us right now. the second graders, a shout-out to you there at the riverside elementary school. it was a lot of fun talking to all of you. and we had a lot of great information about different types of w
benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. he has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the caroline aas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we know at least one thing for sure coming up with this next video. this is definitely not f
our news director, jacki schechner. >> the pope is stepping down. pope benedict xvi announced this morning he will resign on february 28th. in a statement to the cardinals he cites advancing age and deteriorating health. while the move is not unprecedented, it is not common. the last pope to resign was pope gregory 12 in 1415. pope benedict xvi has served less than eight years but is 85 years old. vatican spokesman says the announcement was a surprise. the pope will continue to carry out his duties until february 28th and then the cardinals will select a replacement but that won't be immediate. the spokesman's best guess is we'll have a new pope by easter which this year, falls on march 31st. >>> president obama is awarding the medal of honor today to army sergeant clinton roam shea for his courageous actions during a combat operation in afghanistan in october of 2009. romechet is the fourth living person to receive the medal. the president will travel to asheville, north carolina then he goes to atlanta, georgia and then chicago. that's on wednesday thursday, and friday. the
the vatican about pope benedict's health. officials have now confirmed the pope struck his head during his recent trip to mexico, leading some to speculate it may have been a factor in his decision to resign. however, the vatican denies it played any role in the pope's decision. >>> new problems for defense secretary chuck ha goal, republicans are expected to filibuster his confirmation hearing tomorrow morning. they're demanding to know about the president's initial response to the attack in benghazi. >>> and finally, what would you do if you were this guy? a homeless man in kansas city, named billy ray harris looked down in his change cup. he realized a woman had stopped to give him some change. had dropped her diamond engagement ring into his cup. yes. could have pawned it for thousands. gotten away with it. instead, when he saw her again, after hanging on to it, he gave it back. she offered some cash as a thank you, a reward. harris said, nope. doing the right thing, better than any cash reward. it is, in fact, priceless. and i do hope, sarina, you're watching at home. i do hope everyb
suffered a cracked bone in his back. >>> new revelations this morning about the health of pope benedict xvi. the vatican says the pope hit his head during a trip to mexico last march. however, the vatican denies that that accident had any relevant role in his decision to resign. yesterday, the pope took part in ash wednesday services. it was his first public appearances since the resignation announcement. on tuesday, the pope disclosed that he had a pacemaker and that the batteries had been replaced. >>> 8:02. happening now, president obama is heading to georgia to rally support for his early childhood education proposal that he unveiled in his state of the union address. this is new video of president obama boarding air force one just about one hour ago. today, the president will focus on his plans to make preschool available to more american children in programs such as headstart. after he return -- after he returns to the white house, he will take part in a fireside hangout with google plus to talk about his state of the union address. people around the country can submit question the vi
're welcome. >>> new information this morning about the pope. vatican officials are confirming pope benedict hit his head during a trip to mexico last march but deny the fall had anything to do with his health or recently announced resignation. >>> on this valentine's day, same-sex marriage could be a step closer to reality in illinois. the senate expected to pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage. the measure needs the aful proof the state house and the governor. if that happens, illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. >>> it was the sip heard around the country, some groups are trying to capitalize on marco rubio's drink of water during his state of the union response. for a $25 donation, marco rubio's super pack is sending people a rubio water bottle. the quote "send those liberal detractors a message not only does marco rubio inspire you, he hydrates you, too." hmm. >>> then there's this facebook photo by the makers of the bottled water rubio drank, poland springs showing the famous bottle of water in front of a dressing room mirror after its cameo. it's a st
about why benedict stepped down. i think he feels too old for the job.
benedict xvi stepping down after nearly eight years as pontiff after unexpectedly announcing his resignation on february 11th for health reasons. you can see him walking down the hall here. he's expected to depart vatican city by helicopter heading to castel gandolfo where he will take up temporary residence until his new residence outside of vatican city is complete. once he steps into the castel gandolfo, the doors will closed and it is complete. >> thousands of people stormed into st. peter's square to watch this happen. they put big screen televisions inside the vatican grounds for the public to watch what is happening. it's hard to get a vantage point of the scale if you've never been there but isn't that just an amazing thing to watch? >> and historic are, given that we haven't seen anything like this in 600 years, right? >> i wasn't there but obviously you were, david. eagerly checking the stocks. >> yes, i was. >> interesting this morning, cardinal dolan of new york was asked if he stands a good chance of taking his place. he said, about as good a chance as a-rod has. obv
. >>> a new pope before easter? could pop. pope benedict xvi will step down at the end of the month. current rules make march 15th the earliest possible date to pick a new pope but the vet kat says the date could be pushed up if all of the cardinals make it to rome early for a vote. >>> weary passengers from a carnival cruise ship "triumph" today are adjusting to being back on dry land with running water and working toilets. the passengers finally departed the crippled ship early friday in mobile, alabama, the more than 4,200 passengers and crew were then taken to new orleans and elsewhere to rest up and clean up. sandy perry was a passenger aboard the "triumph" and on her way home, joins us by phone. good to have you with us. how are you holding up? >> good. i'm excited to finally be going home. >> i would imagine so. what was the worst part on the ship? >> not knowing what was going on. the communication, the lack of communication was terrible so just not knowing what the next thing was going to be, you know, when the power went out and you know, everything kind of stopped, we smelled the
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